Navigating the Storm: Your Guide to Preparing for Criminal Charges

By David E. Stanley, APLC

Facing criminal charges can be one of the most daunting experiences a person can endure. However, with the right guidance and preparation, it’s possible to navigate through this challenging time and emerge with the best possible outcome.

In this blog post, I will outline the essential steps to take when criminal charges have been filed against you, ensuring you’re equipped to face the legal storm ahead with confidence and resilience.

Secure Yourself: Find the Right Defense Attorney

  • Understand the importance of hiring a skilled and experienced criminal defense attorney.  Not all lawyers focus their practice on defending people charged with serious felony crimes. They also do not have the same level of knowledge, expertise, and trial experience.  While everyone has a budget, hiring the lawyer who charges the least is not the best strategy, especially if you are charged with a serious felony charge that carries substantial or mandatory terms of imprisonment, substantial fines, registration as a sex offender, or other life changing consequences.  
  • To find the best attorney for your case, find out if they focus their practice on felony criminal defense, research their background, and check their experience and track record.

Decipher the Allegations: Understand Your Charges

  • Have your lawyer break down the charges filed against you, and clearly explain the defenses available, all of the legal implications, and the potential consequences.
  • Have your lawyer clearly explain how the criminal justice system works and what to expect during court proceedings.

Gather Your Arsenal: Collect Evidence and Information

  • Make sure that you understand the importance of gathering all relevant documents, evidence, and information related to your case.
  • Discuss with your attorney what evidence may benefit your defense, such as witness statements, alibis, and corroborating documents.

Silence Is Golden: Exercise Your Right to Remain Silent

  • Know your constitutional right to remain silent and the importance of not speaking to law enforcement without your attorney present.
  • Understand strategies for protecting your rights and avoiding self-incrimination during police questioning.

Craft Your Strategy: Develop a Defense Plan

  • Work with your attorney to develop a customized defense strategy tailored to the specifics of your case.
  • Discuss potential defense tactics, such as pretrial motions to quash your charges, or suppress evidence, negotiating plea deals, or preparing for trial.

Navigate the Legal Waters: Understand Court Proceedings

  • Gain an understanding of the various stages of the legal process, from arraignment to trial.
  • Understand the roles of key players in the criminal justice system, including judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys.

Stay Informed and Empowered: Keep Up with Your Case

  • Stay informed about developments in your case and maintain open communication with your attorney.
  • Stay organized and proactive throughout the legal proceedings.

Count the Costs: Consider Potential Consequences

  • Discuss the potential consequences of different outcomes, including the impact on your personal and professional life.
  • Make informed decisions about how to proceed based on your circumstances and priorities.

Keep Your Secrets Safe: Understand Attorney-Client Privilege

  • Remember the importance of maintaining confidentiality and not discussing your case with anyone other than your attorney.
  • Understand the concept of attorney-client privilege and how it protects your communication with your lawyer.

Weather the Storm: Stay Positive and Resilient

  • Stay positive during the ups and downs of the case. 
  • Obtain resources for managing stress and maintaining mental well-being throughout the legal process.

Facing criminal charges can be overwhelming, but with the right guidance and preparation, you can navigate this difficult time with confidence and resilience. By following the steps outlined and working closely with a qualified defense attorney, you can position yourself for the best possible outcome and emerge from the storm stronger than ever. Remember, you’re not alone – Experienced criminal attorneys are there to help you every step of the way. If you are charged with a serious felony charge such as murder, manslaughter, distribution of narcotics, sex crimes, home invasion, carjacking, or any felony crime, I will fight to achieve the best possible outcome for you. Contact me now to schedule a consultation and start getting your life back to normal.

Call David E. Stanley, APLC now at (225) 926-0200  

David E. Stanley, APLC
1055 Laurel Street, Suite 2
Baton Rouge, LA 70802


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